The Diamondbacks did not only beat the Cubs and avoided the sweep at Wrigley Field this afternoon, they inflicted Jake Arrieta's first loss since last July. The go-ahead runs came from an unexpected source, Yasmany Tomas doubling into the gap in right-center, and scoring the two Chrises, Herrmann and Owings. A Goldschmidt RBI single in the fifth completed the Arizona scoring, as they succeeded in running up Arrieta's pitch count to the point that he only lasted five innings, taking 105 pitches to get that far. He did, however, strike out 12 - all told, no fewer than 18 D-backs were fanned, one off the MLB record for a team winning in regulation.
Patrick Corbin may not have K'd as many - five over seven innings, but he basically outpitched Arrieta. He held the Cubs to five hits and two runs over seven innings, and didn't walk a batter. Tyler Clippard then came in for a scoreless eighth inning and Brad Ziegler did the necessary in the ninth inning, despite bringing the winning run to the plate with two outs, getting Miggy to ground out, for the save of a thoroughly unexpected victory. Herrmann had a trio of hits, Owings a pair, and Goldschmidt reached base safely three times, with a hit and a pair of walks. Turambar will be along in a bit with the full recap.